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Formal twinning links started in 1953 when Rochdale twinned
with Bielefeld the largest city of East Westphalia in the
North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.
Tourcoing and Peine
In 1956 links were forged with Tourcoing in the Nord Pas de
Calais region of France, ten miles from Lille, and in 1967 Heywood
twinned with Peine in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Some eight per cent of the Borough's population is of Asian
origin, with a majority having links with Pakistan. In 1988 a
twinning arrangement was agreed between Rochdale and Sahiwal, in
north-east Pakistan, 100 miles south-west of Lahore.
In 1992 twinning links were formed with Lviv in south-west
Ukraine. In addition, Rochdale supports friendship links with
Avellino (Italy), Kabernet (Kenya) and Riga (Latvia).